She is seven.
She loves to dance.
At Christmas, she danced as a Gumdrop in the
Nutcracker. She listens Johnny Cash, especially
Ring of Fire and Folsom Prison Blues. She has a rare disease. A central giant cell granuloma has taken over her mandible.
She has two little brothers, five and one.
Her wavy, dirty-blond hair curls into ringlets when it gets humid.
Now, she has a disfigured face, but her brown eyes still look like mine.
She has my husband’s lips.
Tomorrow, she is having a radical surgery.
Before the tumor, she had my mother’s chin.
Her favorite meal is spanakopita.
She delights in chocolate–in all its forms.
She believes in Heaven but isn’t sure it sounds very fun.
To make this surgery a viable possibility, she spent eight months on a drug called deonsumab.
In second grade, her favorite specials are P.E., science, and art.
She does not like learning Spanish.
She reads two and a half years ahead of her grade, but she likes to read for pleasure, not school.
At the pediatric oncology clinic, the child life specialist gives her
Beads of Courage. Her strand is growing long. A Poopsie Surprise Unicorn and a Chrome Book were her favorite Christmas presents.
Her favorite restaurants are Chick-fil-A and Yafo.
She likes staying in hotels, especially the ones that serve breakfast.
She’s not bad with a hula hoop.
She makes beaded jewelry, and her favorite colors are hot pink, purple, and turquoise.
She has become one of the bravest people I know.
Most days, if you saw her when she wasn’t nauseous and didn’t look at her face, you’d think she was a normal kid.
She wishes people would stop pointing.
Her surgeon has been slicing up 3-D printed models of her jaw: He has a Plan A and a Plan B.
We are all hoping for Plan A: complete removal of the tumor and reshaping of her jaw.
When she wakes up tomorrow afternoon, she may have a different face.
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I am Lucille’s mother. I’m also the mother of her two little brothers, a writer, a college professor, a natural birth advocate, a survivor of a body-altering accident, and a woman who needs more sleep.
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19 thoughts on “30 Things You Should Know About Lucille”
Thinking of you and praying for the best outcome for Lucille.
Sending Oodles of Hugs & Prayers🙏🏽💜. My Love to all, especially ‘Brave Little Lucille’💋💜
Hugs and prayers for a very special young lady!
Don and Marcie
Praying for precious Lucille! For complete healing, no complications and that the surgeons are able to complete plan A as you mentioned. Also praying for you Erin and all of your family to have the peace that passes all understanding!
Thanks, Christy. I was thinking of those words today, “peace which passes all understanding.” We are feeling it.
You are all in my thoughts & prayers! Your amazing family will get through this together. Each one of you brings a different yet crucial strength to the table. Together you are invincible!
Or at least strong!
Praying for Lucille and her loving family!
Praying today for your sweet girl, your heart and your family. God goes before all things! 💗
Thanks for the prayers. They helped.
Praying and thinking of Lucille, she is a brave girl with brave parents. Through prayer all will heal and everything will go well 🙏🏼❤️.
Pahal family (Saharra Pahal)
Thanks, I will tell Lucille Saharra’s family is thinking of her.
What an Amazing Girl you have! I know it’s been awhile since I have seen you but you all are in my prayers , Holy spirit is ever present and is working miracles . Love you ❤